by Prince Of Petworth March 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

13th and K Street, NW

At a regularly-scheduled February 28 meeting, architect Gretchen K Pfaehler of Beyer Blinder Belle told
a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle that the “groundbreaking” for the Planet Word Museum would be May 4. The word “groundbreaking” was used metaphorically, as Pfeahler had just finished briefing the committee about the efforts to keep the building as unchanged as possible while still allowing it to fulfill its future function as a museum of linguistics. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

“Dolcezza Coffee and Gelato at Hirshhorn in the lobby of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Artist: Hiroshi Sugimoto; Architect: NMRL/Tomoyuki Sakakida. Photo: Farrah Skeiky.”

From a press release:

WHAT: Now the first local business to be part of a Smithsonian institution, Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee is officially a permanent fixture in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Hirshhorn‘s lobby has been re-designed by renowned artist, photographer, and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto– the first change to the historic building since 1974.

To celebrate its grand opening, Dolcezza will be offering visitors free small coffee on Friday, February 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm 0

Lobby rendering via Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo: Sugimoto Studio

The Hirshhorn reports:

“Just Announced: we’ll unveil our transformed lobby Friday, Feb. 23, reimagined by acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

Thanks to Kellie for sending:

Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals

January 31 – October 15, 2018

Stop and take a look at the murals covering our city walls and you’ll notice plants are often featured. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

Kate Raudenbush, Future’s Past (detail), 2010. Image courtesy of the artist; Hybycozo, Golden Spike. Image courtesy of the artist; Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, Ursa Major (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist; Laura Kimpton, XOXO, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

From a press release:

“Artworks from the legendary desert event known as Burning Man will activate the streets and parks of Washington, DC’s central business district for the first time, through a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick, presents six public art installations by noted Burning Man artists. The unique partnership marks the first time the Renwick Gallery will expand beyond its walls into the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm 0

Lobby rendering via Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo: Sugimoto Studio

From the Hirshhorn:

“My idea was to transform the Hirshhorn’s lobby into an artwork that symbolizes what is unique about both the building and the collection. Ideally, this piece is sculpture, furniture and conceptual art, all at the same time.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

New year, new look! For the first time in the Hirshhorn’s 42-year history, internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo) will reimagine the Hirshhorn’s lobby as an immersive, functional artwork, giving visitors an entirely new community space for creative inspiration.

The redesign will also include the debut of ‘Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato at Hirshhorn,’ the Museum’s first permanent coffee shop and the only locally owned café at the Smithsonian, offering specialty espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, and handcrafted seasonal gelato.”

Lobby rendering via Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo: Sugimoto Studio

Lobby rendering via Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo: Sugimoto Studio

by Prince Of Petworth October 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

“a first look at the Museum’s new entrance.” rendering courtesy Smithsonian Institution

From a press release:

“The Museum in Washington, DC, is in for some exciting changes over the next few years when all of its 23 galleries will be updated or redone. Many exhibitions will be refreshed but retain current themes, while others will be completely replaced. The innovative designs will present the story of aviation and space in ways that resonate with our modern communication-savvy visitors. Each of the galleries will include presentation areas where experts and visitors can interact through demonstrations and discussions, also shared through online webcasts. The new spaces will begin to open in 2021.

In addition, the 41-year-old building will undergo a complete refacing of the exterior, replacement of outdated mechanical systems, and other repairs and improvements.

The project will be done on a phased sequencing schedule that will keep many exhibitions open during the construction process.”


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